The fight against climate change is a priority for Orano, whose activities contribute to producing low-carbon electricity. In fact, nuclear energy, which emits very little CO2, is included in the IPCC's scenarios for limiting global temperature rise.
Orano aims to set an example in its activities: for over 15 years, we have been implementing an ambitious greenhouse gas reduction program at our industrial facilities, with the following results:
At the Malvési site, we have reduced our greenhouse gas emissions by 80% thanks to the commissioning of new, next-generation plants.
At the la Hague site, CO2 emissions are down by 42%, as we have prioritized electricity over fuel oil for heat production.
At the Tricastin site, we have achieved an 85% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by modifying the fluorine production facilities and commissioning the new Philippe Coste conversion plant in 2018.
The analyses carried out in 2019 around our nuclear installations show that radioactivity from operations is 100 times lower than natural radioactivity in France.
Since 2010, these measurements have also been available through a centralized national network managed by the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) and the French Institute for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) (www.mesure-radioactivité.fr).
Detailed monitoring plans
The sampling points, control frequencies and analysis methods are established with the approval of the Regional Directorate for Industry and Research and the Environment (DRIRE).
The French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN), an independent administrative authority acting on behalf of the State, also ensures that environmental aspects are taken into account, in addition to radiation protection for workers, technical compliance of installations, activities and compliance with regulations.
|In 2019||LA HAGUE||MALVÉSI||MELOX||TRICASTIN|
|Number of samples||20,000||5,000||11,000||23,200|
|Number of analyses||50,000||23,000||20,000||30,000|
Effectively controlling liquid and gaseous, radioactive and conventional effluents is part of our commitment to environmental protection.
Before being released into the atmosphere, radioactive gaseous effluents undergo numerous controls thanks to filters and alarms. Each measurement shows that their level is below the public exposure limits.
The radioactive liquid effluents produced are monitored and treated as a matter of standard practice.
Coming from wastewater and black water (sanitary) networks, they are treated and controlled by wastewater treatment plants. As for gas effluents, their level is below the public exposure limits.
At all its mining sites, Orano Group is recognized as a player that respects the environment. The Group applies the principles of responsible mining defined in its CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) policy, in line with those of the ICMM (International Council on Mining & Metals).
The Orano group has set the following objective for itself: monitor and assess quality of air, water, soils and the food chain, and optimize consumption of resources (water, energy, etc.), raw materials (reagents, etc.), and waste.
The Group's overall environmental approach includes targeted actions to reduce abstractions from the natural environment and the consumption of materials and energy, and in a constant search for possibilities to recycle waste.
Over a period of 15 years, Orano has reduced its overall energy and water consumption by 91% and 93% respectively.
Orano: certified ISO 14001
The ISO 14001 standard defines the requirements applicable to an EMS (Environmental Management System) with a view toward certification. It is based on the principle of continuing improvement in environmental performance by controlling the impacts resulting from the company's operations.
Orano Group is audited by AFAQ-AFNOR every year. The Assurance Française pour la Qualité is an external corporation that certifies the environmental compliance. The certificates are available on our publications page.
To foster relations with each of its audiences and institutions, Orano is part of a multi-faceted information system:
The CSR Engagement Department leads Orano's overall commitment initiative, particularly with respect to external stakeholders. Reporting to the Senior Executive Vice President, Health, Safety and the Environment (HSE), a member of the Executive Committee, it works with all departments to implement and adapt the social and environmental commitments that the Group has adopted, in accordance with its Code of Ethics.
In 2020, Orano conducted interviews with its external stakeholders to share their vision of social and environmental issues. This process, known as the "materiality analysis", was conducted with 130 stakeholders and mobilized almost 160 managers in order to discuss shared priorities and feed into the thinking on the Group's future commitments. A consultative process that is highly appreciated by our ecosystem.
To communicate about its extra-financial performance, the Group publishes a report on its social and environmental commitments and its 2019 results.
You can also refer to the Orano Mining 2019 CSR report as well as all our other publications.
The Group purchasing and supply chain activities integrate nuclear safety, environmental, occupational health and security, quality and compliance criteria, in addition to the capacity to provide products and services that meet requirements and are competitive. Orano wants its suppliers to commit to a sustainable development approach. For a number of years, Orano contracts and General Terms & Conditions of Purchase include provisions on compliance by suppliers.
Nuclear power is the third largest industrial sector in France. It relies on 2,600 companies in the territories and generates more than 220,000 non-offshorable jobs. Each year, it hires up to 7,000 people.
For 2019, Orano has kicked off a large-scale recruitment campaign and has 1000 jobs on offer, in permanent or fixed-term position.
Orano actively participates in training young people. Every year, the Group recruits work-study trainees in different nuclear professions. By the end of 2019, 730 long-term work-study trainees had been prepared for multiple positions, whether as engineers, managers or technicians.
The protection of our teams, of outside companies and the environment is paramount for Orano. Collectively and individually, we maintain a high level of vigilance and commitment in terms of nuclear safety, security, occupational health and radiation protection.
Three complementary and key policies set out Group priorities for the period 2017–2020:
As regards safety at work, the lost time accident frequency rate in 2019 was 1.8, significantly lower than the rate in French industry.
The safety of our facilities and the security of our employees are an absolute priority, which requires us to be unwavering in our requirements. Prevention is placed at the heart of our operations through a variety of mechanisms and training sessions: regular safety and emergency drills, ongoing workplace inspections, continuous medical surveillance, the prevention and diagnosis of pathological risks, and daily checks on the doses received by employees.
Collective intelligence is one of Orano's pillars. It has been made central to our organization, as a means of establishing relationships of the highest standard, while ensuring a caring environment for our employees. It allows everyone to progress in their position and build a consistent and enriching professional pathway in a wide range of professions: production, engineering, service and support, whether in management or expert functions. It promotes training and the development of new skills as part of an excellence-based approach.
From the right to log off to teleworking, flexible working hours, services and employee benefits, every aspect has been addressed to promote the best work-life balance, so that everyone can give the best of themselves in an environment that enables them to thrive.
The Group's head office has also been transformed and is currently functioning as a flex-office with the development of collaborative spaces. In this context, remote work should continue to expand.
Orano Group is convinced that diversity is a performance factor, a source of innovation, that diversity enriches exchanges, confronts skills and nourishes reflections.
As of December 31, 2019, women accounted for 35% of the managers recruited (27% of all employees recruited).
However, Orano has set itself more ambitious targets, namely to ensure that women account for 31% of staff by 2022, and 39% of the managers recruited.
The Diversity label, recognition of our HR approach
First group to receive the AFNOR Diversity label, awarded for all entities in France on March 5, 2010, and again in 2014.
The exploration of new business models necessarily transforms the way people work and manage their teams. They call for a more open approach to innovative ecosystems, more freedom of action, collective intelligence, trust, and a mindset that always puts the customer and the user at the center of our thinking.
Belief in the power of innovation is what being at Orano is all about. Innovation to serve the performance of the Group' activities, naturally, but also to support the energy transition and industrial transformation.
This translates into the creation of services that are innovative, circular and sustainable, and products that respond to urgent societal challenges (in medicine and space, recycling of strategic materials, and tomorrow’s nuclear industry). Innovation is one of the Group’s growth accelerators: it is a new way of creating, delivering and adding value, aligned with the Group’s social and environmental commitments.